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68,232.  You manifestly wrong even the poorest ploughman, if you demand not his free consent.  (Consent & Charles I)  Charles I, declining judgment of High Court

 

 

68,233.  A little still she shrove, and much repented,

And whispering ‘I will ne'er consent’ - consented.  Lord Byron, Don Juan

 

 

68,234.  Well the title [Manufacturing Consent] is actually borrowed from a book by Walter Lipmann, written back around 1921, in which he described what he called ‘The Manufacturing of Consent’ as a revolution in the practice of democracy.  What it amounts to is a technique of control, and he said this was useful and necessary because the common interests – the general concerns of all people – elude the public; the public just isn’t up to dealing with them, and they have to be the domain of what he called a specialised class ...

 

There’s a version of this expressed by the highly respected moralist and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr [see Moral Man and Immoral Society], who was very influential on contemporary policy makers.  His view was that rationality belongs to the cool observer.  But because of the stupidity of the average man, he follows not reason but faith.  And this naive faith requires necessary illusion and emotionally potent over simplification which are provided by the myth-maker to keep a person on course.  (Consent & Democracy & Control)  Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent

 

 

28,632.  No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.  I say this is the leading principle, the sheet-anchor of American republicanism ... Now the relation of master and slave is pro tanto a total violation of this principle.  The master not only governs the slave without his consent, but he governs him by a set of rules altogether different from those which he prescribes for himself.  Allow ALL the governed an equal voice in the government, and that, and that only, is self-government.  (Slavery & United States & Abraham Lincoln & Government & Govern & Consent)  Abraham Lincoln, speech Peoria Illinois

 

 

68,236.  The strongest and most effective force in guaranteeing the long-term maintenance of power is not violence in all the forms deployed by the dominant to control the dominated, but consent in all the forms in which the dominated acquiesce in their own domination.  (Consent & Power)  Robert Frost

 

 

68,237.  Your silence gives consent.  (Consent & Silence)  Plato

 

 

68,238.  He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.  (Consent & Freedom & Reason)  Baruch Spinoza

 

 

68,239.  You cannot consent to a thing unless you have knowledge of it.  M R Jessel, ex parte Ford re Cauchey (1876) LR1CD528

 

 

79,004.  The right of a person to control his or her body is a concept that has long been recognised at common law.  (Medical Law & Consent)  Robins J A, Malette v Shulman (1990) 67 DLR (4th) 321 (Ont CA)

 

79,005.  The right of self-determination ... obviously encompasses the right to refuse medical treatment.  A competent adult is generally entitled to reject a specific treatment or all treatment ... If a doctor were to proceed in the face of a decision to reject the treatment, he would be civilly liable for his unauthorized conduct notwithstanding his justifiable belief that whatever he did was necessary to preserve the patient's life or health.  The doctrine of informed consent is plainly intended to ensure the freedom of individuals to make choices concerning their medical care.  (Medical Law & Consent)  ibid.

 

 

79,006.  I start with the fundamental principle, now long established, that every person's body is inviolate ... in the case of medical treatment, we have to bear well in mind the libertarian principle of self-determination.  (Medical Law & Consent & Body)  Goff LJ, Sidaway v Governors of Bethlem Hospital [1985] AC 871

 

 

79,007.  A legally valid, or real, consent consists of the following elements: (a) it is given by a competent person; (b) it is given voluntarily; (c) it is an informed consent.  (Medical Law & Doctor & Consent)  I Kennedy & A Grubb, Medical Law (2nd ed) 

 

 

79,008.  Even silence and inaction may in some circumstances be interpreted as an expression of willingness.  Failure to resist or protest indicates consent if a reasonable person who is aware of the consequences and capable of protest or resistance would voice his objection.  (Consent & Silence)  J Fleming, Law of Torts

 

 

79,009.  Provided the patient, whether a boy or a girl, is capable of understanding what is proposed, and of expressing his or her own wishes, I see no good reason for holding that he or she lacks the capacity to express them validly and effectively and to authorise the medical man to make the examination or give the treatment he advises.  (Medical Law & Consent & Children & Contraception)  Lord Fraser, Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA [1986] AC 112, [1985] 3 ALL ER 402  

 

 

77,252.  No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  (Inferior & Consent)  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

98,974.  The first important point to emerge from this symposium is that information is essential for autonomous and therefore rational decision-making.  One cannot reason or deliberate about alternative courses of action if one has no information about them ... patients are likely to make irrational decisions if their doctors given them inadequate information.  (Consent & Medical Law & Doctor & Ethics)  R Gillon (1983), 9 Journal of Medical Ethics 131

 

 

100,383.  This is the story of how Sigmund Freud’s ideas about the unconscious of the mind were used by those in power in post-War America to try and control the masses.  (Psychology & Consumer & Masses & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control)  Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self II: The Engineering of Consent

 

100,384.  Psychoanalysts were about to move into big business and use their techniques not just to create model citizens but model consumers.  (Psychology & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control)  ibid.    

 

100,385.  He called it The Engineering of Consent.  (Psychology & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control)  ibid. 

 

6,515.  But the idea that it was necessary to manipulate the inner feelings of the American population in the interests of fighting the Cold War now began to take root in Washington.  Above all in the CIA who were going to take it much further.  They were concerned that the Soviets were experimenting with psychological methods to actually alter the memories and feelings of people.  The aim being to produce more controllable citizens.  It was known as brain-washing.  Psychologists in the CIA were convinced that really might be possible and that they should try to do it themselves.  In the late fifties the CIA poured millions of dollars into the psychology departments across America.  They were secretly funding experiments on how to alter and control the inner drives of human beings.  (Mind Control & Brainwashing & CIA & Experiment & Psychology & Propaganda & Consent & Consumer)  ibid.

 

6,516.  In fact Cameron’s experiments were a complete disaster.  All he managed to produce were dozens of individuals with memory loss, and the ability to repeat the phrase, I am at ease with myself.  And it was not an isolated case.  Almost all the experiments the CIA funded were equally unsuccessful.  Despite their ambitions, American psychologists were beginning to find out how difficult it was to understand and control the inner workings of the human mind.  (Mind Control & Brainwashing & CIA & Experiment & Psychology & Propaganda & Consent & Consumer)  ibid.

 

86,034.  At the same time [as the CIA’s mind-control experiments], an onslaught was launched on the way psychoanalysis was being used by business to control people.  The first blow came with the best seller The Hidden Persuaders, written by Vance Packard.  It accused psychoanalysts of reducing the American people to emotional puppets whose only function was to keep the mass-production lines running.  (Psychology & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control)  ibid.

 

 

100,386.  What in fact emerged from this revolution was the very opposit, an isolated, vulnerable and above all greedy self, far more open to manipulation by business and politics.  (Psychology & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control & Self)  Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self III: There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads, BBC 2002

 

86,035.  In the 1950s a small group of renegade psychoanalysts began a new form of psychotherapy.  They worked in small rooms in New York City and encouraged their patients to express their feelings openly.  It was a direct attack on the ideas of Freudian psychoanalysts who had become rich and powerful teaching Americans how to control their feelings.  (Psychology & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control & Self)  ibid.

 

100,387.  They accused American business of using psychoanalytical techniques to manipuate people’s feelings and turn them into ideal consumers.  (Psychology & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control & Self)  ibid.    

 

100,388.  And to produce the new self they turned to the ideas and techniques of Wilhelm Reich.  (Psychology & Consumer & Propaganda & Consent & Mind Control & Self)  ibid.